The Senate has voted to reauthorize the USA Freedom Act
Bad news, Ghosties.
Things aren’t looking good for online freedom in the US.
Mid-May 2020, the Senate has voted to reauthorize the USA Freedom Act.
Mass surveillance could be back on the menu for Americans.
Here’s the low-down: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has snuck in an amendment that would allow the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to easily access your internet search and browsing history.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) attempted to remove the expanded powers from the bill with a bipartisan amendment.
According to the new amendment, a search warrant would no longer be necessary for a law enforcement agency to your browsing history. They simply have to claim it would help a national security investigation.
These agencies would need only approval from a FISA court.